Google's Android Marketplace celebrated their Memorial Day weekend by yanking several popular game console emulator apps from their lineup (apps such as N64oid, Ataroid, Gamboid and Snesoid), while cancelling the account of Yong Zhang, the creator of the apps.
Zhang's dismissal comes a little more than a month after Google removed the PSX4Droid emulator from Android Marketplace. ZodTTD, the creator of the PSX4Droid, got the same treatment as Zhang- his account was cancelled along with his app. Despite the Google expulsion, Yong Zhang has made his emulator apps for Android available on SlideME free of charge- although this new arrangement is surely a less profitable one.
Android Police contacted Google regarding the removal of the apps, and got this friendly but nondescript response in return:
Thanks for checking in. We don’t provide comment on individual apps or developers. I can confirm, though, that the apps that were removed were in violation of Android Market policies.
Do you think selling these emulators constitutes copyright infringement? Or was Google wrong to take these down without informing the developers?
Click here to read ZodTTD's blog post about Google's recent actions against emulator apps [via ZodTTD].
Click here for a terrific in-depth account of the legal history of emulators [via Android Police].